American poet, singer and musician, Patricia Lee Smith has been nicknamed the “maudite” high priestess of rock. After entering the world of music at the age of 28 with her beat poetry readings (accompanied by the guitarist Lenny Kaye), she then came into her own with the album Horses (1975), produced by John Cale. Her impassioned and inebriated voice, the visionary quality of her poetic style and the force of her music, an intelligent, innovative electric rock bordering on punk, all left their mark. In 1978, the song Because the Night, written with Bruce Springsteen, made it to the top of the charts. In 1979, following a triumphant Italian tour, Patti Smith took everyone by surprise by retiring from the stage to marry Fred 'Sonic' Smith, guitar player for MC5, with whom she would have two children. After a series of bereavements, she decided to return to the stage. In fact, within a short space of time, she had lost her keyboard player Richard Sohl, her close friend Robert Mapplethorpe, her brother Tod and, most importantly, her husband Fred, who died from a heart attack. First, Patti completed Gone Again (1996) the album she had been working on for some time with Fred, and in the next few years, went back to regularly producing albums and frequently performing all around the world. Her songs speak of international suffering and follies: the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the deaths of Ginsberg and Burroughs, Vietnam, Mother Teresa and the myth of Ho Chi Minh, to whom she dedicated Gung Ho (2000). Her most recent disc is Trampin' (2004) and in 2005, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Horses, she brought out a re-mastered version of the album that also included her Live at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In 2006 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.